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SJPD Conducts Fireworks Possession Investigation
Filed under Press Release, on 6/23/2017 4:00:00 PM by Author: Sergeant Enrique Garcia #2936.

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San Jose, CA — In response to community concerns, the San Jose Police Department's METRO Unit conducted a fireworks investigation from April thru June, 2017, to address the issue of using and possessing fireworks within the City of San Jose.

Officers used social media and other investigative strategies and confiscated over 2,700 lbs. of fireworks. They also collected 3", 4", and 5" mortars which are considered explosives.

The California State Fire Marshall's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) participated in the investigation.

Two individuals were identified for distribution of illegal fireworks. There is an active warrant for one suspect associated with this investigation. The suspect's name will not be released until the suspect is apprehended and the investigation has concluded. This is an on-going investigation.

San Jose PD will continue to collaborate with other agencies and City of San Jose departments to suppress the use of fireworks.

Chief Eddie Garcia said, "We recognize and have heard the community’s concerns over the dangers and nuisance that illegal fireworks cause, especially as we get closer to the 4th of July.  With these concerns in mind, our Special Operations did what they do best and responded with an extraordinary seizure."

San Jose Fire Chief Curtis Jacobson said, "As responders to many injuries and fires that are caused by fireworks, SJFD deeply appreciates the investigative and enforcement work put forth by our  San José Police. Continued vigilance by officers as well as reporting of fireworks use from our residents will help to protect lives and property, and change the way people view fireworks."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Laurence Ryan of the San Jose Police Department's METRO Unit at 408-277-4631.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867), or click the "Submit a Tip" link below. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.

BY: Sergeant Enrique Garcia #2936 AUTHORIZED BY: Captain Johnson Fong #2710
DATE: 6/23/17 TIME: 3:00 PM DATE: 6/23/17 TIME: 3:00 PM


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